Why Get Screened for Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer causes the most cancer deaths worldwide. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 160,340 Americans were expected to die from lung cancer in 2012, accounting for approximately 28 percent of all cancer deaths. In fact, lung cancer causes more deaths than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and prostate).1 The main reason for this is that in the past, most cases of lung cancer have been diagnosed only after symptoms appear in the late stages when it has most likely spread and treatment is not very effective.
Now there’s a safe, low-cost screening that allows you to be tested for lung cancer before any symptoms appear. This means if you have lung cancer, it can be diagnosed and treated very early when success rates are much higher. This test is not recommended for everyone and it has slight risks as well as benefits, but overall it’s your best bet for catching lung cancer when it’s most treatable.
Following Best Practices
You should go to a facility that uses “best practices” for lung cancer screening. This means a hospital like DeKalb Medical that follows NCCN guidelines and has a multidisciplinary team of healthcare experts who will clearly explain the test to you and be available to help you navigate the diagnosis and/or treatment process if something is found on the screening.
At this time most insurance carriers do not pay for this screening, although Blue Cross Blue Shield may. Because the screening is vital to your health, the DeKalb Medical Center for Lung Health is happy to offer this important test for only $149. If you believe that your insurance company will cover this screening, call 404.501.LUNG and we will be happy to check with them for you.
1 American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures, 2012